Boeing calls for 128 777 planes to be grounded after Colorado incident
Boeing requested ground restraints for 128 of its Type 777 commercial planes around the world on Sunday, which United Airlines did in the aftermath of a dramatic engine fire on one of its aircraft over Colorado .
After the announcement on Sunday by the US Federal Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) of additional inspections on certain Boeing 777-type commercial aircraft, United Airlines, the company affected by the incident, the two main Japanese airlines, JAL and ANA, and Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, grounded their planes with an engine similar to the one that caused the problem.
The United States National Transportation and Safety Board is also investigating the incident, in which no one was injured.
“While the investigation is ongoing, we have recommended that the operations of the 69 777 aircraft in service and 59 stock aircraft equipped with Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines be suspended,” Boeing said in a statement.
United said it had voluntarily withdrawn 24 Boeing 777s from service and expected “only a small number of customers to be inconvenienced”.
Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced that they had grounded 13 and 19 aircraft with PW4000 engines, respectively, but avoided flight cancellations by using other aircraft.
Japan’s Transportation Ministry said it had ordered more stringent engine inspections after a JAL 777 aircraft flying from Tokyo Haneda Airport in Naha, Okinawa Island, had problems with ” an engine of the same family “in December.
As for Korean Air, it said it had grounded its six Boeing 777s equipped with PW4000 engines currently in service.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the head of the US Federal Aviation Regulatory Authority, Steve Dickson, said that after consulting his team of aviation safety experts, he asked them to publish an instruction to emergency airworthiness which would require immediate or thorough inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines. “
– Hard blow after the setbacks of the 737 MAX –
A United Airlines Boeing 777-220, which had taken off Saturday from Denver (Colorado) for Honolulu (Hawaii) with 231 passengers and 10 crew members, had to turn around urgently after the fire in his right reactor.
The aircraft was able to land safely at Denver Airport and none of its occupants were injured.
As the Boeing returned to the airport, a shower of debris, some large, fell in a residential area in Broomfield, a suburb of Denver. No one was injured on the ground, according to local authorities.
The American aircraft manufacturer has had a serious problem in recent years with another of its models, the 737 MAX. The plane was banned from flying in March 2019 after two accidents that killed 346, that of Lion Air in Indonesia in October 2018 (189 dead) and that of Ethiopian Airlines in March 2019 in Ethiopia (157 dead).
After more than 20 months of prohibition, a modification of the flight control software and the implementation of new pilot training protocols, the aircraft was again authorized to fly.
The resumption of commercial flights of the Boeing 737 MAX took place from December 2020, first in Brazil, then in the United States and Canada. The first commercial flight in Europe, under the colors of the Belgian company TUI fly, took place on Wednesday February 17 between Brussels and Alicante then Malaga, in Spain.
The Covid-19 pandemic and its catastrophic consequences on international air transport have led to the cancellation of orders for hundreds of aircraft.
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